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Facebook: Is the New Safe System Really Safe?

Network security in public computer is always a headche for many users. To help customers solve the problem, Facebook is publishing a one-time passwords which is safer to log on its site from public computers.

Customers of the system must firstly have a mobile phone number registered to their account. Then they need to send the word "opt” to 32665 and they will be texted back a temporary password to log in the net which will expire 20 minutes later. According to Jake Brill, product manager of the company, Facebook will open this feature gradually and all users could enjoy this feature in next few weeks.

However, is this new safe feature really safe?

At security firm Sophos, Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant said:"If someone else is able to gain access to your phone then that's an open door for mischief-makers to access your Facebook account.”

Meanwhile,hackers may be able to change mobile phone numbers on their victims' accounts to phone numbers they have access to, Cluley wrote. This will let them access to those accounts readily. "A temporary password may stop keylogging spyware giving cybercriminals a permanent backdoor into your account, but it doesn't stop malware from spying upon your activities online and seeing what's happening on your screen,” Cluley said.

Last but not least, users who lose their mobile phones are still at risk. If someone else can get access to the lost phone and see the texts being sent, the finder might be able to access the phone owner's Facebook account easily.

The company also launched another new feature which will allow people to sign out of Facebook remotely which could help those who log in to the social network via a friend’s phone or computer but forget to sign out.

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